NOM List: Tequila Brands List (31 Mar 2014)

Tequila Brands Updated

nom list, tequila, gnome list   Our updated list of distilleries and tequila brands “Nom List”, as of 31 March 2014, is now available for download in both PDF and Excel formats. Click on any of the underlined items within the list to be taken directly to our reviews, articles, tasting notes and features on each tequila brand.

Tequila Brands Old & New

nom list Each of our NOM Lists contains the names and information of brands that have previously appeared on NOM lists in the past but have since been dropped by the CRT. Pinpointing your treasure bottles has never been easier! Please understand that this list is not a comprehensive list of every tequila brand ever made. We make every effort to be sure it is as accurate as possible from the time we at Tequila Aficionado Media began publishing our lists in 2013.   lime shortage, tequila, nom list

 

Click to download the format of your choice:

31 March 2014 NOM List in PDF format

31 March 2014 NOM List in Excel format

Click on any RED link within the NOM list to see the Tequila Aficionado articles and reviews on that brand.

*Color Coding*

  • Brands highlighted in Green are recent additions (see comment on Excel spreadsheet for first shown date)
  • Brands highlighted in Red did not appear on the current list (see comment on Excel spreadsheet for last shown date)

Editor’s Note: There are significant inconsistencies in this latest nom list.  Use caution when speculating on the state of the market based upon nom list information alone.  It is my suspicion that the delay in producing the nom list and multiple inconsistencies may be due to a change in personnel at the CRT rather than an eroding marketplace.

Mexican drug cartel behind lime shortage in U.S.; margaritas feel pinch

Hard times in Margaritaville: skyrocketing lime prices slam Mexican restaurants and bars. Cartel violence in the Mexican state of Michocan, plus floods and tree disease, have driven costs of the green citrus to an all-time high.  Read more here.

 

Sipping Off The Cuff™ with Piedra Azul Reposado

Piedra Azul Reposado

piedra azul, tequila, reposado, tequila aficionadoFrom the website:

Our Reposado rests for four months in oak barrels which impart rich flavors of caramel and vanilla that soften to a smooth, honey finish. Easily enjoyed on its own or as a complement to a premium cocktail.

Authentic tequila crafted from 100% blue agave weber, Piedra Azul is named for the prized gem, Turquoise; in tribute to our ancient Mexican ancestors who considered the Turquoise stone a sacred emblem of power, luck and protection.  The distillery, La Madrileña,  was founded in 1911 in Tototlan, Jalisco.  Known for producing the finest blue agave tequilas, they remain true to Mexican tradition and take pride in the fine quality of their tequilas.  Enjoy our tequilas on their own or as a complement to your favorite premium cocktail.

TASTING NOTES

COLOR Clear, with a bright golden hue

AROMA Vanilla and fresh, sweet earth
complemented by a hint of citrus

TASTE Notes of citrus excellently balanced with
a smooth finish of caramel and honey

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Special Contribution from Cocktails for a Crowd, by author Kara Newman
Ingredients

12 oz (1 1/2 cups) Piedra Azul Blanco Tequila
6 oz (3/4 cup) creme de cassis
4 oz (1/2 cup) freshly squeezed lime juice
4 cups ice cubes
16 oz (2 cups) ginger beer
8 lime wheels, for garnish

Directions

In a pitcher that holds at least 10 cups, combine the Piedra Azul Blanco Tequila, creme de cassis, and lime juice and stir until thoroughly blended.

Add the ice and stir well to chill. Add the ginger beer and stir gently.

To serve, pour into tall glasses, such as Collins glasses, and garnish with lime wheels.

Find more drink and delicious food recipes at http://piedraazultequila.com

 

Founder’s Feature: Interview with Martin Grassl of Porfidio

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Founder’s Features

During Tequila Aficionado’s restructuring in 2o13, we took a complete inventory of all the content we had created over the years and found that many historically significant items had never made it into the previous incarnations of the Tequila Aficionado website.  Now, as we embark on Tequila Aficionado’s 15th year, we are expanding our content offerings with new contributors and new media as Tequila Aficionado Media.

The Best of Old and New

Look for more classic, exclusive interviews like this one with Martin Grassl of Porfidio coming soon to Tequila Aficionado.

 

Alexander Perez, Founder of Tequila Aficionado, interviews Martin Grassl of Porfidio.

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Sipping Off The Cuff™ with Piedra Azul Blanco

Piedra Azul Blanco

Alex Perez and Mike Morales taste and discuss Piedra Azul Blanco tequila in this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping Off The Cuff.  This award-winning tequila blanco comes highly recommended by Tequila Aficionado’s M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alexander Perez.  Salud!

 

piedra azul, blanco, tequila, sipping off the cuffFrom Piedra Azul Online:

Distilled at century-old La Madrileña in Tototlan, Piedra Azul Tequila is made from 100% blue agave weber from the Los Altos region in the central state of Jalisco.

Using traditions practiced throughout the centuries, our tequilas are made to exhibit light, sweet notes of vanilla balanced by crisp citrus and a smooth, clean finish.  Delightful to sip on their own, our tequilas are also a flavorful complement to any premium cocktail.

Our Blanco’s light citrus flavors mix flawlessly with premium cocktails and offer a bright, clean finish.
tasting notes

COLOR Brilliant, clear

AROMA Crisp citrus balanced by fresh agave

TASTE Soft and sweet with hints of citrus finishing crisp and clean

Robustly flavorful, yet smooth and crisp, Piedra Azul Tequila is truly a spirit that captures the beauty and strength of its homeland.

Authentic tequila crafted from 100% blue agave weber, Piedra Azul is named for the prized gem, Turquoise; in tribute to our ancient Mexican ancestors who considered the Turquoise stone a sacred emblem of power, luck and protection.  The distillery, La Madrileña,  was founded in 1911 in Tototlan, Jalisco.  Known for producing the finest blue agave tequilas, they remain true to Mexican tradition and take pride in the fine quality of their tequilas.  Enjoy our tequilas on their own or as a complement to your favorite premium cocktail.

What’s a NOM?

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We’ll explain the mysteries of the gnome list and why you should understand it in the next Education of a Tequila Drinker.

 

The Norma Oficial Mexicana (Official Mexican Standard), abbreviated NOM, is the name of each of a series of official, compulsory standards and regulations for diverse activities in Mexico. They are more commonly referred to as NOMs or normas.

The standards are prepared by the Dirección General de Normas (DGN) (General Directorate of Standards), which is the body representing Mexico in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

In the case of tequila, Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) regulates production NOMs. The NOM identifier means the tequila meets government standards – but this is not any guarantee of tequila’s quality. However, without the NOM stamp of legitimacy, it is not guaranteed that the bottle contains tequila.

All 100% agave tequilas must have a NOM identifier on the bottle. The important laws since 1990 were NOM-006-SCFI-1993 and the later update NOM-006-SCFI-1994 revised in late 2005 NOM-006-SCFI-2005 and the most recent revision in 2012 NOM-006-SCFI-2012. (Source: Wikipedia)

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